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07-06-2014 05:53 PM
Axel13
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Originally Posted by bill View Post
I can't say with out seeing the dog" but shepherds can be vocal" mine barks at me when he has to use the bathroom " wants to go out" or just wants to play" Bill

Stahl my boy!
I have grown up with shepherds and so have become very familiar with their behaviors and mannerisms. It is the same bark he does when someone he doesn't know comes into the house. His happy bark or attention bark is much higher pitched with his ears down.

My female shepherd is extremely vocal and the amount of different barks she has is unbelievable. I can tell the difference between her 'my water bowl is empty and her 'i'm hungry bark' after one bark.
07-06-2014 05:46 PM
Axel13
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Originally Posted by Twyla View Post
The hilighted makes me wonder. When he was in for a check, did they do full blood work including thyroid? He is to young to normally have any issues with thyroid, but dealing with a mystery...

Next question is on each of these events - what was the lighting like? How and where were the targets in relation to lighting - silhouetted, strange shadows across them?
He had a full check about 2 months ago. He has had health problems in the past which include cysts on his head.

It usually happens in a room where the lights are bright on one side and darker on the other. The majority of incidents have happened in this room.
07-06-2014 02:34 AM
lalachka
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Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA View Post
lalachka, to answer your question, wouldn't say it's acceptable, but it isn't uncommon.

My female does not like a stranger 'staring' her down, people she knows she could care less, but a stranger staring her down she takes as a challenge/threat. It will illicit a growl out of her, and you (general you) push it, your pushing buttons you don't want to turn on.

Generally, this never even happens, but when it does occasionally, I will tell people she doesn't know to not stare at her.
Thank you. Still trying to decide whether to leave my dog alone or not)))))
I'm going to see a good trainer next weekend, I will ask him.

It's probably not OK. He barks if someone stops to compliment him, barks at dogs ans so on.
07-06-2014 12:17 AM
Twyla
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Originally Posted by Axel13 View Post

This brings me to my next problem. Sometimes When other members of my family or I are just sitting down on the couch or at the table Axel stares and then begins to bark at us, not a happy bark. It's like for a few seconds he has forgotten who we are and then 10 seconds later he puts his ears down and walks over for a rub. What should I do? Does anyone know what may be going through his head ?
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Once I say his name he immediately calms down and might give a few small barks afterwards and then looks really relieved as if he figured out I'm not a danger. It really looks like he doesn't recognize me for a couple of seconds and then he looks relieved.
The hilighted makes me wonder. When he was in for a check, did they do full blood work including thyroid? He is to young to normally have any issues with thyroid, but dealing with a mystery...

Next question is on each of these events - what was the lighting like? How and where were the targets in relation to lighting - silhouetted, strange shadows across them?
07-05-2014 07:37 PM
SuperG
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Originally Posted by Axel13 View Post
Do you mean as in oh a lead or behind a gate or do you mean does he listen to me. Once he barks he will usually stop with a harsh 'ah ah'. Usually once I say ah ah the barks either stop or quietens down to a little growl. Although he hasn't done it in nearly two weeks now, since I began more intense reward based obedience training.
No lead...no gate...nothing...just Axel starting up his barking gig. I guess my curiosity for asking is...I'm on my 3rd GSD and this is my first shepherd which I have been able to have her come to me upon my request when she is going off...it works out wonderfully because it is so easy to redirect her toward more civil behavior. I have dealt with the annoyance barking before and also ...when I go to corral the dog...it turns into this more annoying game the dog loves....me no like. My current GSD does not do this....I truly believe getting the dog to come to me...almost unconditionally has true benefit but it is never to be abused.

SuperG
07-05-2014 07:28 PM
JakodaCD OA lalachka, to answer your question, wouldn't say it's acceptable, but it isn't uncommon.

My female does not like a stranger 'staring' her down, people she knows she could care less, but a stranger staring her down she takes as a challenge/threat. It will illicit a growl out of her, and you (general you) push it, your pushing buttons you don't want to turn on.

Generally, this never even happens, but when it does occasionally, I will tell people she doesn't know to not stare at her.
07-05-2014 07:00 PM
Axel13
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Originally Posted by SuperG View Post
Do you have any control over Axel when he goes off on you or members of your family?

SuperG
Do you mean as in oh a lead or behind a gate or do you mean does he listen to me. Once he barks he will usually stop with a harsh 'ah ah'. Usually once I say ah ah the barks either stop or quietens down to a little growl. Although he hasn't done it in nearly two weeks now, since I began more intense reward based obedience training.
07-04-2014 08:04 PM
SuperG Do you have any control over Axel when he goes off on you or members of your family?

SuperG
07-04-2014 06:33 PM
Axel13
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Originally Posted by Jake and Elwood View Post
Is he having difficulty identifying family members? Does he have vision problems?
Thanks for the reply. No I'm pretty sure he doesn't. He can spot a tiny spider on the ground from across the other side of the room. He had a checkup on Monday and he is fine.
07-04-2014 03:18 PM
Jake and Elwood Is he having difficulty identifying family members? Does he have vision problems?
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